Airbiquity expands into China

Airbiquity expands into China

The company plans to offer its full suite of telematics and connectivity solutions to the Chinese telematics market.

In China, Airbiquity's business name is ??? (Ai Bi Ke) Communications Technology Co.

Airbiquity also recently established a satellite office in Chengdu. The company plans to offer full support to its Chinese customers and partners.

"The market opportunity for vehicle-centric information and communication technology (Vehicle ICT) offerings is growing rapidly in the Chinese market," said Thilo Koslowski, vice president, automotive & vehicle ICT at Gartner. "Mobile phone penetration in China will reach nearly 50% by 2010. Furthermore we anticipate that by 2012 about 10% of all vehicles sold in China will be Vehicle ICT-enabled. This will provide the technology foundation to support innovative location, navigation and mapping services in the region."

According to Phil Magney, vice president & principal analyst of iSuppli Automotive Practice, China's growing automotive market is driving the need for traditional telematics services, and several OEMs have announced plans to roll out their programs. "These developments are creating favourable market conditions for a successful nationwide telematics service in China."

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